DIY valentine soap + A giveaway!

DIY valentine soap + A giveaway!

Thursday Plantation Canada sent me some samples to try free of charge, but all opinions are still my own. 

I’ve been reading a lot about self-care in the blogosphere over the past week or so and feel like I’m getting better about identifying (and maybe even embracing) what fills my cup (as uber cheesy as that sounds). Making something tangible with my own hands is huge for me. (This poster = TRUTH.) When I leave the camera or the kitchen or the blog for more than a few days it nags at me; I feel listless and ghost-like, like if I don’t make some sort of impression, something solid, then I don’t exist. Is that weird? Maybe as a lead-in for a fun and easy DIY. Maybe a little dark for this happy valentine soap. But it is what it is, and I have to tell you I was elated by how well these turned out and how much I enjoyed the process. If you’re a maker or think you might be one, show yourself some love with a sweet DIY you can keep for yourself or gift to family and friends. Valentine’s Day may be a few weeks away yet, but love is in the air with this super cute and good-smelling soap.    Continue reading “DIY valentine soap + A giveaway!”

Quick DIY pom pom magnets for last-minute gifting

Quick DIY pom pom magnets for last-minute gifting

I partnered with Staples Canada who sponsored this fun DIY post. The creative content and opinions are my own.

I’m flattered if you think I’ve got it all together for Christmas but ha! That is so not true. The house is upside down, the tree is bare (we just brought one home last night), I have gifts to wrap and groceries to get, and I should probably wash my hair at some point. If this is you too (and I kind of love you if it is), you might feel like you don’t have time for one more thing but yes you do, because this DIY last-minute gift is quick and easy like you won’t believe.  Continue reading “Quick DIY pom pom magnets for last-minute gifting”

Spruce up your holiday decor with an evergreen DIY yule use all year round

Spruce up your holiday decor with an evergreen DIY yule use all year round

I partnered with Staples Canada who sponsored this fun DIY post. The creative content and opinions are my own.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make your holiday cards part of your decor, have I got a plum pudding of an idea for you! DIY — and by that I mean Display Individual Yuletides — with this festive and evergreen display yule want to use all year round.

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Ain’t no party like a pizza party + A Panago Pizza giveaway

Ain’t no party like a pizza party + A Panago Pizza giveaway

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know large gatherings aren’t exactly my thing (who am I kidding? small gatherings aren’t my thing either 😬) but I do love planning them. And you know I can’t resist a good DIY. So today I’m all kinds of excited to share scenes from the pizza party we had last week to celebrate the start of summer holidays. Our friends at Panago Pizza supplied the food in exchange for this post, which left me more time (some might say too much time ha ha) to obsess about focus on the decor and all the rest. Try our DIYs to bring a little extra to your own pizza party this summer and let someone else take care of the pies. Continue reading “Ain’t no party like a pizza party + A Panago Pizza giveaway”

Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion by Elise Strachan

Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion by Elise Strachan

I need someone to have a baby. Or a birthday. Or a bar mitzvah. Or maybe we’ll just make up our own occasion because there are so many fun, festive and new-to-me ideas in Elise Strachan’s Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion  and I want to try them all. Simon & Schuster Canada sent me a copy to review so here’s the skinny including the couple of treats I tried — one quick and easy no-bake, one a bit more persnickety that I turned into a no-bake — and both super cute and delicious.  Continue reading “Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion by Elise Strachan”

Stick-er with me, Valentine + A giveaway

Stick-er with me, Valentine + A giveaway

“Where are you, my little object of art? I am here to collect you.” — Pepe Le Pew • If you’ve been reading try small things for a while, you might remember my crush on Pipsticks, the sticker club that delivers the most delightful little packages each month to subscribers worldwide (I wrote about it here). Well I’m still stuck on Pipsticks, and it’s even dreamier than before! “Is it possible to be too attractive?” Pepe would ask. Mais non! Here’s why.  Continue reading “Stick-er with me, Valentine + A giveaway”

Happiness is homemade: 5 DIY gifts to give kids + A Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway

Happiness is homemade: 5 DIY gifts to give kids + A Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway

We’re always telling our kids the best gifts are homemade, so why don’t we lead by example and give them something homemade too? I don’t mean instead of all those other things they really want (that’s crazy talk!) but as an extra-special something, well one of these DIYs might be just the thing. And I dare say more memorable. I know, you’ve got 101 things to do before the holidays already, but they’re quick and easy (I promise!) and wallet-friendly too.  Continue reading “Happiness is homemade: 5 DIY gifts to give kids + A Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway”

Cactus Coloring Book by Brittany Jepsen + Win a copy!

Cactus Coloring Book by Brittany Jepsen + Win a copy!

My blogger crush Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built surprised fans this month with her second coloring book, Cactus Coloring Book: Cacti and Succulent Patterns for Beautiful Color Play. As you’d expect, she threw the most ah-mazing release party (in her home state of Utah, dammit dammit) with hands-on workshops for paper and cupcake cacti and how to care for your plants. Brittany sent me a copy of the book and another to share with one of you. Come take a peek!  Continue reading “Cactus Coloring Book by Brittany Jepsen + Win a copy!”

DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow + Win a copy!

DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow + Win a copy!

I’ve been following Rachel Denbow’s weaving series on A Beautiful Mess for a couple of years now, so I was so excited when I saw she’d come out with a book, DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows, and More! (released this past August). Written for beginners and more experienced weavers looking for fresh inspiration, there’s fruit of the loom for a variety of skill sets and tastes. Step-by-step instructions (and three DIY looms!) take you through 15 projects and several different techniques. Make a loom from a scrap of cardboard and some thrift-store yarn and try a simple wall hanging in candy-coloured stripes or use your trusty frame loom and that special wool roving you’ve been saving to make a more complex statement piece.  Continue reading “DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow + Win a copy!”